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Disability charity celebrates year working in prison

A charity that helps people with hidden disabilities is celebrating its first anniversary of working with inmates at a Doncaster prison.

HMP Doncaster Credit: ITV Calendar

The Cascade Foundation help people with hidden disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and people who have suffered head injuries and has been working at HMP Doncaster, Marshgate.

Today they are holding a year anniversary event to mark the milestone occasion.

Jackie Hewitt-Main, founder and project director of The Cascade Foundation, is currently leading the work in Doncaster Prison.

The charity says that over the past nine years, Jackie has helped hundreds of prisoners across the country with learning difficulties to learn to read and write, gain qualifications and make a new start.

In her previous prison project, Jackie worked with over 400 prisoners and reduced the offending rate of her first project groups to 5.9 per cent compared to more than 70 per cent nationally.

Within the six years since their release three of these prisoners had served more than 40 sentences each, and yet none of them has re-offended since their release from her project.

– The Cascade Foundation

Scarborough Council bids to run university campus

Scarborough Borough Council has announced that it intends to submit a joint bid with Coventry University College to run the university campus in Scarborough.

Scarborough Campus, University of Hull

Earlier this year the University of Hull announced its intentions to pull out of the Scarborough campus to focus on its larger educational base in Hull and since that time, the council and local partners have been looking at ways to secure university education in the town.

The council says the proposed collaboration with Coventry University would create a university campus aimed at providing high quality, industry responsive education at a reasonable price with sustainable student numbers.

The ambition is to develop the campus so that it is sustainable in its own right and as such has realistic opportunities to achieve full university status for Scarborough, which would see it teaching and awarding its own degrees.

This is a defining moment in Scarborough's history and a paradise in educational standards. It will be an enormous boost to the economy and will give Scarborough the wow factor. It will enable the international, national and regional businesses at Scarborough Business Park to recruit higher level apprentices and graduate level personnel.

– Peter Wilkinson, Chairman of Scarborough Business Ambassador Forum


MP calls for public inquiry into Bradford school

A Bradford MP has written to the Secretary of State for Education and tabled two Parliamentary Motions, calling for an independent public inquiry into conduct at a free school in the city.

David Ward MP calls for public inquiry into Bradford school

David Ward, MP for Bradford East, is asking for the investigation to be carried out in to conduct at Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust where he says questions remain unanswered about allegations of fraud at the school.

The identity of the Chair of the Governing Body is still disputed, according to the Liberal Democrat MP.

Mr Ward says applications made by the Trust to open two new schools name Alan Lewis as chairman but Mr Lewis denies he held that position.

Mr Ward says he has written to the Secretary of State for Education after documents naming Mr Lewis as chair were revealed and has asked for his role in the running of the schools to be clarified.

The issues surrounding conduct in the early stages after the establishment of the Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust have still not yet fully come to light. We have been hampered at every turn by an uncooperative Department of Education who have been complicit in a cover up into conduct at the school in order to protect the reputation of one of the Government’s flagship schemes. It is clear that comprehensive answers have yet to given and I feel that the only way to get them now is through an independent public inquiry.

– David Ward MP

'Trojan horse' debate to be held in Bradford

The Muslim Women's Council is holding a debate about the 'trojan horse' schools controversy in Bradford.

Debate to be held in Bradford Credit: Muslim Women's Council

It's after allegations surfaced earlier this year that some governors were promoting an Islamic agenda in schools in the district.

The event called Trojan Horse: A Muslim witch-hunt? will take place at the Midland Hotel from 6pm.

Parents remove children from school over lunch row

A primary school in South Yorkshire is under fire for banning packed lunches to increase the take up of healthy eating.

Some parents are so angry they have removed their children from Milefield School at Grimethorpe, near Barnsley, in the first week of the new term.

Today the governors and headteacher defended their decision to encourage children to eat only meals provided by the school. David Hirst reports:

Parents claim compulsory meals are too expensive

A school is at the centre of controversy today after its governors banned packed lunches and introduced school meals for all 270 of its pupils.

The daily £1.75 meals have been introduced at Milefield Primary in Grimethorpe near Barnsley but some parents have withdrawn their children because of the controversy.

Mick Curphey makes lunches for his children and says it is too expensive:


Parents have 'lost faith' in school over lunch dispute

Parents dropping their children off to Milefield Primary School in Barnsley say they have lost faith in the school it banned pupils from bringing packed lunches in.

Some parents have 'lost faith' in school over lunch dispute

The school says it is part of a healthy eating plan but several other parents have already removed their children from the school and enrolled them elsewhere.

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School bans packed lunches

A school in Barnsley is facing criticism after deciding to ban children from bringing a packed lunch. Barnsley Council says the move to have school meals only at Milefield Primary is in line with a healthy eating plan.

Pupils at Milefield Primary can no longer bring packed lunches to school

The school’s governing body took the decision to implement “a whole school meal provision” in line with The Children and Families Act 2014/Universal Infant Free School Meals Plan. In a statement the school said:

"This new act aims to support schools to ensure pupils eat more healthily, perform better academically as a result from health eating, improve their behaviour and Improve their social skills. For £1.75 per day every child is provided with the following: · A slice of white/wholemeal toast for breakfast. · A carton of milk and a healthy snack mid-morning. · A traditional meal at lunchtime followed by a dessert (all made fresh daily). · A piece of fruit/vegetable in the afternoon. The new policy has been well received by the overwhelming majority of pupils and parents. When we first announced the policy we made sure that those with concerns could contact us, and where parents have raised concerns and contacted us via the email address we specified in the initial correspondence, we have been more than happy to meet up and listen.

This offer remains in place."

Councillors debate spending £320m grant

Councillors in Sheffield are to debate plans to spend £320 million of Government funding.

Councillors in Sheffield are to debate plans to spend £320 million of Government funding.

The money was awarded to the city as part of the City Deal and was the fifth largest amount awarded across the country.

The plans include provisions for 28,000 new jobs and training for 40,000 in the Sheffield area.

In Sheffield, the City Deal agreed in 2012 has seen the city record numbers of young people in apprenticeships and has finally provided a route forward for the planned New Retail Quarter. As result of Liberal Democrat action in Government, we've seen a record fall in youth unemployment and a record number of people in Sheffield in work.

The Growth Deal announced this summer provides Sheffield City Region with another £320 million cash boost. We need to make sure that local leaders once again make the most of this investment. That's why we're calling for a debate this week on the plans to use this cash to deliver jobs and growth.

– Cllr Colin Ross, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group

Teachers facing violence from pupils and parents

There are warnings that teachers are being driven out of their jobs because of shocking levels of aggression - not just from pupils, but also from parents and guardians.

An investigation for ITV news has found many teachers will be going back to face insults, intimidation, even violence. An exclusive survey of hundreds of teachers shows some lost confidence, experienced mental health problems and suffered physical injuries.

And there are claims from one teaching union that some schools aren't doing enough to protect them. Lauren Hall has this special report.

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